We had one plan for today – to photograph the woodland rally stage. It’s a decade since I last visited this part of the Festival of Speed, ten years in which I like to think my photographic skills have improved. When I visited in 2008 I’d just upgraded my camera to a Canon 40D (something of a speed machine in its day) so I was fascinated to see how the technology in my current Panasonic G9 compared. It proved to be more than up to the task and kept up with the fast rally cars easily.
Thanks to the long spell of dry weather the chalk surface of the rally stage threw up huge clouds of dust as the cars roared between the trees. We got into a routine of shooting as the cars came around the corner, before turning away to keep the dust and stones away from our lenses, and out of our eyes too. Pools of sun between the trees made the scene so photogenic and backlit the dust clouds perfectly. The resulting photos are more atmospheric than any I’ve taken recently and are definitely my favourites from the weekend so far.
14 July 2018